September 9, 2008
Grants will continue to help raise awareness and educate women and girls about health risks associated with common diseases and health conditions
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Continuing his commitment to improving healthcare in Illinois, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced more than $1.2 million in Women’s Health Initiative Grants to non-profit organizations, health departments and service agencies throughout Illinois. The grants will fund educational programs that address cardiovascular disease, nutrition, physical activity, and osteoporosis. These grants will continue to strengthen Governor Blagojevich’s commitment to improving the overall picture of healthcare in Illinois.
“Learning about good health, especially at an early age, can help us live healthier and longer lives,” said Governor Blagojevich. “Routine health screenings and early detection can sometimes mean the difference between life and death, which is why it is so important to fund programs that teach women – our mothers, sisters and wives – how to take care of their health.”
The Illinois Department of Public Health’s Office of Women’s Health administers the Women’s Health Initiative grants, which are awarded to organizations that implement programs that provide guidance on issues related to nutrition, exercise, risk assessment, treatment options, and prevention strategies.
“These grants will fund programs that teach women and girls about the health challenges they may face, such as cancer, heart disease, menopause, and osteoporosis. The information these women learn will help them make positive behavioral changes that will help improve their lives and possibly prevent some of these chronic diseases,” said Dr. Damon T. Arnold, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.
The Women’s Health Initiative Grants for fiscal year 2009 include the following seven programs:
“We want to thank the Governor and the Illinois Department of Public Health for the Women's Health Initiative grant for Heart Smart for Women,” said Diane Ahern, the Heart Smart program manager at Advocate Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center in Downers Grove. “Our goal is to help women increase daily activity and improve their nutrition habits so that they feel healthier and reduce their risk of health problems such as heart disease, obesity and osteoporosis. Heart Smart is about women supporting other women. Our graduates have reported lower blood pressure, increased knowledge, more energy, and reduced stress. All this while taking control of their health through becoming more active and making better food choices.”
Following is the list of Women’s Health Initiative grant recipients.
For more information on women’s health and programs offered through the Illinois Department of Public Health, visit www.idph.state.il.us or call the Women’s Health-line at 888-522-1282 or for TTY, (hearing impaired use only) 800-547-0466.
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